Chicago's Fight for $15 (FF15) workers are launching a two-day canvassing effort Friday to encourage low-wage earners to vote in the November elections.
The workers, along with community organizers, are set to target Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, on the city's South Side.
"Armed with pledge cards that state, 'No working mom or dad should have to struggle to provide for their family,' cooks, cashiers, home care, child care and other workers fighting for $15 and union rights will engage potential voters around the Fight for $15's 2016 platform, which includes urging all candidates to support $15/hour, union rights, improved home care and child care, racial justice and immigration reform," reads an announcement detailing the canvassing effort, which will kick off Friday morning in front of the Chicago Board of Elections new early voting super site.
The campaign is part of a 48-city push by the Fight for $15 campaign to get first-time voters to the polls. Denver, Miami, Raleigh, and St. Louis are just a smattering of the towns where the canvassing will take place this weekend as the Fight for $15
looks get those who earn less than $15 an hour to the polls. According to the AP, almost 64 million Americans earn less than $15 an hour and the FF15 campaign notes that 45 percent of Illinoisans fall in that territory.
"By standing up and speaking out, working people like me in the Fight for $15 know that a wage victory is possible in Illinois too. New York and California have won and that's proof that politicians are listening to us," said George McCray, a Chicago-area McDonald's cashier who is canvassing this weekend. "That's why we're going door-to-door to turn out the 45% of workers paid less than $15/hour in Illinois to the polls. We are 64 million strong across this country, and every politician needs to start realizing our political influence."